It feels like an eternity since Girls' Generation released new music in South Korea. We've had a sprinkling of new Japanese singles over the last 12 months but apart from the subunit album 'Holler', we've not had new music from Korea's finest girl group since February 2014. Since then, we've lost a member so any Korean comeback was of course going to be a huge deal - both for them and for the fans. And that moment has finally come and I'm glad to report that Girls' Generation are back and better than ever!
We've got a very full Summer of new Girls Generation music and the girls are starting us off with their Summery new single 'Party'. Like pretty much everything the girls have released, Party is a slice of electro pop perfection - catchy synths, a whistle hook and a chorus so catchy that it is impossible to not be singing it over and over in your head after one listen. Party has all the ingredients for the perfect Summer track (as does the amazing music video), it's an incredibly fun pop song. It's certainly nothing groundbreaking but who said it had to be? One issue I've had with Girls Generation in their past has been the distribution of vocals, past releases tended to be sung mainly by Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany with the rest getting the odd line here and there. Vocal distribution was much better with 'Catch Me If You Can' and I'm glad to see that this has continue with Party - it's about time members Hyoyeon, Yuri and Sooyoung got to show off their lovely voices.
Party is also accompanied by the b-side 'Check', a slice of sophisticated R&B Pop that's been lifted straight from the late nineties. I can't decide whether I enjoy this song more than Party, it's far too good to be relegated to b-side status. I love how much of a contrast it is to Party, Party is a bubbly, fun pop song and Check is a more sultry, sophisticated pop ditty you'd expect to hear from Little Mix.
If you had any doubts about Girls Generation as an eight piece, you have nothing to fear. The music is just as good, if not better as an eight piece. The girls have had a lot of input with this single album and upcoming studio album, handpicking the songs themselves. You can feel their energy through these new songs and that they are stronger than ever. Girls Generation are back and they are here to stay.